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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What derogatory name do primitive men call the primitive women who bear deformed babies?

2. What is the youngest gravedigger tempted by, which he must resist?

3. Why was a gravedigger subjected to a punishment of twenty-five lashes?

4. Who decides to drive to Cottonwood Ranch to find William Tallis?

5. How does Dr. Poole convince the gravediggers to spare him from being buried alive?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bob Briggs help Rosie?

2. Describe the landing of the Canterbury and the crew's first sight of land.

3. What is the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition, and what is its mission?

4. What are the Purification Ceremonies?

5. How is Dr. Poole described? What does Dr. Schneeglock think of him?

6. What are the specifics of Bob Briggs' personal troubles at the outset of the novel?

7. How is Dr. Poole able to argue his way out of being buried alive?

8. What background information is the narrator able to learn about William Tallis?

9. Why is the Chief concerned about the present mating season?

10. What about Dr. Poole's presence is surprising to Chief?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is organized religion depicted in Ape and Essence? Do you believe Huxley intends the Arch Vicar's religion to provide a characterization of all of organized religion? How might the Belial religion compare to modern Christian religion? Is organized religion another of society's ills in Huxley's view?

Essay Topic 2

What role does surrealism play in Ape and Essence? Identify and explain three surrealistic elements. What effect does the use of surrealism have on the comprehension of the reader?

Essay Topic 3

Similar to Huxley's own Brave New World, Ape and Essence is concerned with the danger of totalitarian states. Explain how Huxley makes this fear manifest and how world events in Huxley's life encouraged Huxley to pursue cautionary tales about totalitarianism.

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